The Mostly True Story of Jack Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill s debut novel is an eerie tale of magic friendship and sacrifice Enter a world where magic bubbles just below the surface When Jack is sent to Hazelwood Iowa to

  • Title: The Mostly True Story of Jack
  • Author: Kelly Barnhill
  • ISBN: 9780316056700
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill s debut novel is an eerie tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice.Enter a world where magic bubbles just below the surface When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his strange aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for quite a long time.Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill s debut novel is an eerie tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice.Enter a world where magic bubbles just below the surface When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his strange aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for quite a long time When he arrives, he begins to make actual friends for the first time in his life but the town bully beats him up and the richest man in town begins to plot Jack s imminent, and hopefully painful, demise It s up to Jack to figure out why suddenly everyone cares so much about him Back home he was practically invisible.The Mostly True Story of Jack is a stunning debut novel about things broken, things put back together, and finding a place to belong There s a dry wit and playfulness to Barnhill s writing that recalls Lemony Snicket and Blue Ballietta delightfully unusual gem Los Angeles Times

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    1. Kelly Barnhill says:

      I m a writer, a mom, a wife, a dog owner, a reader, a thinker, a hiker, a friend, a runner, a teacher, a listener, terrible gardener, a lover of nature Sometimes I m all of these things at once I m also a former bartender, former park ranger, former waitress, former church janitor, former kosher meat slicer, former wild eyed activist, former wildland firefighter, former coffee jerk, former phone book delivery girl and a former dull eyed office slave Sometimes I am still these things Sometimes all at once.



    2 thoughts on “The Mostly True Story of Jack

    1. Jack has always felt invisible, even to his own family. When his parents get divorced and his home life falls apart, he's sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Iowa. But strange things begin to happen--first, he makes real friends, his aunt and uncle remember his name, and he draws the attention of the most powerful man in town who seems to want him dead. Why? Why is he suddenly so important here when back in San Francisco he was so effaced?I finally picked up to this book due to critical prai [...]

    2. I originally thought this book was going to be an engaging read - the synopsis told of a boy who is normally overlooked and ignored, moves to a new town, and immediately garners the attention of several different people. However, rather than feeling drawn in by the mystery of the story, I found myself a little bored with the pacing and the lack of information provided. It's one thing to carefully construct a plot that keeps the reader wanting to know more, providing bits of information and cliff [...]

    3. Honestly, this book frustrated me. In my mind, there's a limit to how long the author should keep the reader in suspense, and TMTSOJ mostly exceeded that limit. I was more than halfway through when I grew so frustrated I actually said, "Come on! Get on with it!" out loud. In a way that's a good thing. I cared enough about the characters and the plot to feel as confused and impatient as the character Jack himself probably did. On the other hand, I obviously disliked the overlong setup. So I'm not [...]

    4. Ok, so obviously a lot of people do not agree with my five star, so let me just say that I can see how someone would not enjoy this book. But I enjoyed it. 1) CLEAN. Ok. So I think Wendy said "oh God" maybe thrice. Jack did kindofnotreally kiss her, which is totally dumb because he's barely double digits. But that lets one totally disregard it. So I read this book without my brain being affronted by mind-numbing and completely unnecessary extensions of romance. 2) INTERESTING. Most books I can r [...]

    5. Very confusing story. I was trying to explain it to my husband and I just couldn't. The magic is not clearly outlined, the chronology of events is blurred, and the build up to what is the "truth" is too much at times. Basically, the only redeeming quality was it had good voiceat is what kept me reading. There was suspense, but, again, it was blown out of proportion or it was quickly and not clearly resolved. I had expectations with the story going into it, thinking it was a retelling of Jack and [...]

    6. This is the third book I've read by Kelly Barnhill, and as the other two that I've previously read, it is exquisitely written. It is also atmospheric as hell and not proper to the faint of heart.The story you know those books that you get at the end, and you're heartbroken and slightly confused by what you've read? Well, this is one of those, so heads up! Also, and I've probably mentioned this on my reviews of the author's other books (The Witch's Son and The Girl Who Drank the Moon), I don't kn [...]

    7. ***May Contain Spoilers***I did not like this book at all. This is not something I usually say about books. I would not include this book on my classroom's free reading shelves. The story itself was a good idea, but the way it was written was poorly done.There was a severe lack of explanation throughout this book. The author was trying to be mysterious but took it was too far. She answered a few questions when she included excepts from the book that Jack read to get some answers, but that barely [...]

    8. This is one of those books where the cover grabbed my attention. Not the current cover but the older version of the cover. There was something so haunting and yet intriguing about it that just grabbed my attention. And I am so thankful that I picked up the book and gave it a read. To be honest it was introduction to the writings of Kelly Barnhill but I know it will not be my last book by her. In fact I started a second as soon as I finished this one. While reading this I could barely put it down [...]

    9. I can't think of a kid who would really like this book. Only the most patient, persistent young reader would get through it and then they'd probably be disappointed by the somewhat adult message at the end.The story begins with Jack's mother dropping him off for the summer at the house of his eccentric aunt and uncle - as she drops him off, she seems to be forgetting all about him. Odd things begin to happen to Jack, some of which are explained in a book he's given by Uncle Clive about magic tha [...]

    10. If you've ever grown up in the mid-west, the imagery evoked by this book will be intimately familiar. It's a nice blend of creepy-children of the corn feel and fantastical magical realism.

    11. Children often feel discarded when parents divorce, but, in Jack's case, he really is sent away and forgotten. And therein lies the mystery of the book: what has happened to children who have vanished and then been forgotten in the town of Hazelwood, Iowa, where Jack has been taken to live with his aunt and uncle?The premise of this book is quite different from so many other fantasy books on the market and also quite similar in that a child who not yet knows his own way through life is sent to b [...]

    12. Looking for something to recommend to my "tween" readers, I grabbed The Mostly True Story of Jack. This was a bit of an "eh" book for me. It was a bit difficult for me to plug through and I found a lot of the parts kind of boring. After feeling invisible for most his life, Jack is sent to spend the summer with an aunt and uncle he doesn't know. However, he soon fnds that they, along with the others in the town, know a great deal about him. His uncle keeps pressing Jack to read a book on the hist [...]

    13. When I first started to read this book, just picking it up at the library, a chill crept down my spine. A book about a boy who feels ignored by his parents, sent to stay with his aunt, a skateboard, a crumbling old house, a parent who is split in two. Was this the soul of my own book come back to haunt me? But as I continued one, I was drawn into this book's own story and mythology, heavily drenched in old world fairytales, the green man, the children in the corn, and bursting with power, yours [...]

    14. Complicated. That is the best word I can think to not only describe the plot behind "The Mostly True Story of Jack" by Kelly Barnhill, but quite possibly the whole point behind her writing the book in the first place. Don't misunderstand me; while the plot is unique, interesting and cleverly fast-paced, it is also easy to follow. Information is slowly unraveled for the reader as they discover the mystery of Jack, his foggy past, and the dark and mysterious history and happenings in the town of H [...]

    15. Originally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.I don't know what is with these authors making me cry lately, but add Kelly Barnhill to the list. At the end of The Mostly True Story of Jack tears were streaming down my cheeks as I bemoaned the unfairness of life.Jack is the sympathetic hero in Barnhill's tale. He's a young, invisible boy, or at least invisible is how he feels. All his life his parents and brother have ignored him, even leaving him out of family portraits. Kids in his class ignore him, to [...]

    16. Summary from Children's Literature Review: Jack is confused when his mother takes him to live with relatives he doesn't know after announcing that she and his father are divorcing. They have no pictures of him and his mother shows no emotion at leaving him. It is as if he is not really part of the family. Why is he left in an oddly painted house that emits warmth and seems to shudder? Legend has it that there is an underworld beneath Hazelwood, originally ruled by a Guardian that has been divide [...]

    17. n this fantasy/creation story/mystery (pick your genre), Kelly Barnhill unravels a compelling story about Jack, who is sent to stay with his Aunt and Uncle in a house that literally moves, because his parents are getting a divorce. Jack makes friends with Wendy, Anders, and Frankie as the four try to uncover the mystery of why children are disappearing in their town called, Hazelwood, Iowa.This story is well-written, creepy, weird, fun, and abstract. By abstract, I mean it deals with the spiritu [...]

    18. I'll be honest - I read this book in two widely-separate sittings: a break of over three months - and it is not an "easy" read. The first time I read the library book and didn't finish - I bought it recently from B & N and polished it off. This is a unique book demanding mental engagement, a mystery adventure in small-town Iowa, surrounded by ripening fields of corn and blue skies. MG Field of Dreams this is not: Barnhill has created a very unique world and premise in the most unremarkable o [...]

    19. I spent over half of The Mostly True Story of Jack waiting to find out when I was going to learn out what was really going on in Hazelwood, and once I got to the climax of the book, I still wasn't sure. I think Barnhill has a good sense of the rules of her magic, but I never got that same sense. This would be my main criticism of the book. For example, I never understood quite what the Avery men got out of making deals with the evil "Lady"--even those callous enough not to care about the price t [...]

    20. This is a lovely, mysterious book, with a sympathetic protagonist, interesting side characters and a compelling setting. (The descriptions of the town made me want to visit Iowa like My Antonia made me want to visit Nebraska!)Jack just wants people to notice him, and in Hazelwood, they do--in fact, everyone notices him a little bit too much. He didn't want to visit his "aunt" and "uncle," but once he's here he attracts the attention of a few neighborhood kids: a few friends that take him on summ [...]

    21. Jack doesn’t know why people don’t see him. Family pictures only show his father, mother and brother; Jack has drawn pictures of himself and pasted them onto the pictures. He has no friends; he’s left by bus drivers. When his parents decide to divorce, his mother drives him to Hazelwood, Iowa to stay with his aunt and uncle, Mabel and Clive, and leaves him with these strangers at an old wooden farmhouse. Jack, at first, has no interest in his aunt and uncle, the town or the people. However [...]

    22. I read this fantasy children's novel with my 5th grader. He and I both found the story to be gripping, creative, suspensful and thought-provoking. The main character, Jack, is an unusual boy who has gotten used to feeling invisible (living in San Fransisco, he has never once had to pay a fare to ride public transportation as the drivers simply don't seem to notice him). His parent's separation and impending divorce leads to Jack being shuttled off to a sleepy little town in Iowa to live with an [...]

    23. This story is truly captivating. It is suspenseful and well written and unique. It is the story of Jack, who has been ignored and felt invisible for all of his life, until his parents split up and he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Iowa. Suddenly, people notice him. A lot. He makes his first friends and learns that magic exists and he is a part of it. The setting and characters are richly and well developed and the story draws you into it just as the children are drawn in as well.We f [...]

    24. I found this book extremely confusing. I actually started reading it, put it down and had to force myself to pick it up again and finish it I do think the author did a good job in writing the book, creating the characters and twisting the plot. However, I, like others I'm sure, got frustrated with the way that the mystery kept being drawn out. I also got confused by many things going on. I had questions like, who is this person again? How do they know so much? I even scratched my head and smade [...]

    25. About a chapter into this book, one fact became clear to me: Kelly Barnhill can write. She knows her intrigue, her foreshadowing, and her mystery. She is not afraid to throw in a dose of creepy just for fun. None of it is overdone, though. Jack, the central character, is a boy who has felt invisible most of his life. His parents don't seem to notice him and he moves through life almost like a ghost. All that changes when his parents divorce and he moves to Hazelwood, Iowa to live with his Aunt a [...]

    26. This book was part "Scumble" and part "The Girl Who Could Fly", and part something else. Maybe the story of Persephone? I'm not sure, honestly. I sped through the majority of the book, which I found creepily fascinating, but when I got to the end, I sort of felt like there was no there there. It didn't seem like any lesson was learned and it wasn't a morality tale in fact, it seemed to say that the best way to function is to embrace both your good and bad sides. Or something.I did like it -- or [...]

    27. I was disappointed in this book. The story was interesting but there were too many details not fully explained or explained poorly. This isn't a book I would tell you not to bother reading but it's also not a book I would recommend.

    28. This utterly original story pits two halves of Mother Nature against themselves after a greedy man learns to control the magic of the earth. When Jack moves to Iowa to stay with his aunt and uncle, it is immediately clear that things in their town are very strange. For one thing, no one has ever really noticed Jack before, and here, many people can see him - enough for him to make friends, get into trouble, and be picked on by a bully. There's also a history of kids disappearing, a house that se [...]

    29. Back in the olden days of the early 1980s, “The Wizard of Oz” was event TV. My sisters and I would flop belly-down in front of the TV, chins propped on our hands and watch with rapt attention as Dorothy wound her way through the wonderful land of Oz.Every year, without fail, I would bawl my head off at the end when Dorothy had to say goodbye to the Scarecrow. Even when I got older and understood that Scarecrow was the guy back in Kansas, I still cried. I can’t name the emotion that scene s [...]

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